The BAND OF BROTHERS of Delta Theta Chapter... Kappa Alpha Order
Kappa Alpha Georgia Southern
On March 29, 1968, Sigma Epsilon Chi Fraternity; which was founded January 21, 1964 at Georgia Southern college in Statesboro, Georgia, was chartered as Delta Theta Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Order. Knight Commander Giles J. Patterson, Jr. presented the charter to Mike Long, the chapter charter No. I. The Kappa Alpha’s 88th chapter was officially installed.
Delta Theta chapter became the ninth chapter of HardemanProvince, which includes chapters in Alabama and Georgia. The charters first officers were:
Mike Long, No I Julian Pittman, No. II Draper Watson, No. III Roy McWilliams, No. IV Ambos Tisdell, No V Teddy Solomon, No. VI Bobby Benson, No. VII Randy Stelk, No. VIII Bobby Clark, No. IX
The other charter members are:
Ike Hubbard Jimmie Norris Mark Komich Albert Green Paul Parker Steve Buckler Mike McDuffie Phil Blanks Bob Hendren Terry Webb Ray Shaw Gerry Brown Ricky Murray Hal Roach Jimmie Walters Dr. Tom Bond faculty adviser
Miss Dawne Shaw was chosen the first Delta Theta Rose. She is now Mrs. Dawne Shaw Watson.
Georgia Southern College was established in 1908 and is a unit of the university system of Georgia. The enrollment in 1968 was approximately 4000 students.
The foundering brothers of Sigma Epsilon Chi had a vision of a national fraternity. The charter brothers of Delta Theta worked diligently for three years to receive their charter from the Kappa Alpha Order. Now… a dream had become a reality and the new brothers of Delta Theta sensing their moment in Kappa Alpha history appointed Draper Watson to document and construct a photo album of the chapter events.
Draper was so committed and motivated by his new appointment, that he was named by the brothers as the “Fraternity Photographer.” He captured many special events and activities. Many of the photos were certainly, noteworthy… and certainly… deserve a revered place in the Delta Theta KA history. Some of the photos are seen irrespectively with a few brothers denying all responsibility and, subsequently, believing that it was not actually them in the photographs. You… be the judge!Nevertheless, they are all part of that wonderful and unique period in the lives of a special group… THIS BAND OF BROTHERS of Delta Theta Chapter of this Kappa Alpha Order.
Now, notwithstanding… the rest of the story. The charter brothers and the “fraternity photographer” continued on their path of life. This album… as their torch… was passed to the next class, and to the next class, and to the next class. In time… it was misplaced, disappeared and forgotten. Moving forward to October 2007, the labor of love of our “fraternity photographer” was uncovered and rediscovered in the back of an old vehicle in Atlanta… by a young lady, who happened to be acquainted with one of our charter brothers. Realizing the significance and importance of this collection of fading memories she returns it to Ray Shaw of Atlanta. For this… WE are forever grateful to her. Ray then delivers this album full-circle into the hands of brothers Draper Watson, Mike Long, Butch Sartain and Duke Lane… as they gathered for their monthly luncheon at Lane’s Peachtree Café in Fort Valley, Georgia.
The following day I was pleased to inspect our album and revisit memories captured 39 years pervious. It occurred to me that the condition of our album was not unlike the condition of our brothers… who, with our Kappa Alpha’s Spiritual Founder Robert E. Lee… survived that war. Our album, like those brothers, was tried, tattered, tested…battled- battered and ragged…. as it traveled down many roads. The STRENGTH has held it together and as it remains indestructible through it all…It returns home.
The Peachtree Café lunch crowd feels it is time to memorialize these memories that started in 1968. The album has been restored and has been returned to its home. It’s now and permanent resting place is in the KA house of Georgia Southern University. For your convenience, this copy is made available for you.
A special thanks to Brothers Roy McWilliams, Mike Long, Draper Watson, and Butch Sartain for their help and support on this project.